If you want all-wheel drive, room for 6, and can't picture yourself driving a van or SUV, there's no other choice. The Pacifica fits the bill, but it's slow, underpowered and ugly. And, the rear seats on the Pacifica are not as easy to get into. Some reviewers are slamming the R500, because it's a Mercedes that doesn't register with their sense of what a practical car is. Who off-roads or uses all that van cargo space? The positives: V-8 power!, unique sculpted styling, 1st class ride and appointments, not driving the same SUV or van that everybody else is driving. Did I mention blowing the doors off of most vehicles? When the suspension lowers at 70MPH, you'll know sport touring!
V-8 power. Beautiful and comfortable interior. Technology abounds. Mercedes ride. Panoramic sunroof. F1-style manual steering wheel shifters. Free roadside assistance for life with the push of a button.
Less harshness in sport suspension mode. Digital clock in the center console. Better material on the visors. Cylinder deactivation for better mileage. Satellite radio should display title and artist at all times. Better Nav system input methods. Teach the Nav system to speak in a German accent!